15 years after 1st Slam, Federer back to defend at Wimbledon

first_imgCloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Nadal, 32, hadn’t even entered a major tournament in 2003. These days, he trails only Federer in the all-time men’s Grand Slam standings, with 17 of his own, including No. 11 at the French Open just this month.Remarkably, especially given all of the talk in recent years about their supposed declines, Federer and Nadal have divvied up all of the past six major titles, claiming a trio apiece.It’s their longest such stretch since grabbing six consecutive majors in 2008-09, which included Nadal’s 9-7 fifth-set victory over Federer in the 2008 Wimbledon final, considered by many to be the greatest tennis match ever. The duo’s best run was 11 Slams in a row from 2005-07, when Federer won eight and Nadal the other three.FILE – In this July 16, 2017, file photo, Switzerland’s Roger Federer kisses the trophy after defeating Croatia’s Marin Cilic to win the Men’s Singles final match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London. When play begins at Wimbledon on Monday, July 2, 2018, Federer will have the honor of playing the first match at Centre Court as the defending champion, one of his eight trophies at the All England Club and 20 Slams overall. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)“This is perfection. They are the best players in the world and are proving that even when your body is not as young as it was, when one still has the drive and is well prepared, nothing replaces talent and strong will,” said French Open tournament director Guy Forget, a former top-five player and captain of France’s Davis Cup and Fed Cup teams. “The young players are still lagging behind.”Yes, all these years later, Roger and Rafa are still leading the way.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Free agent fireworks set to begin for NBA teams When all was said and done two weeks later, Federer was crying, cradling the champion’s gold trophy.And now? When play begins at Wimbledon on Monday, with Federer closing in on his 37th birthday, he will have the honor of playing the first match at Centre Court as the defending champion. He earned his record eighth title at the grass-court major a year ago, and he ran his total Grand Slam haul to a record 20 men’s singles trophies by winning the Australian Open in January.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“I don’t know how much longer it’s going to last,” Federer said. “I have no idea.”He was speaking about his own success. But he might as well have been talking about the two-man supremacy exhibited by himself and his greatest rival, Rafael Nadal. Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial MOST READ View commentscenter_img Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award One other indication: They have swapped the No. 1 ranking a half-dozen times in 2018, the most it’s switched hands in a single season since 1999. As of now, Nadal is No. 1, and Federer No. 2 — but just barely, with a 50-point gap between them. Because Wimbledon’s seeding system takes into account the men’s success on grass, Federer is No. 1, and Nadal No. 2, in the draw.This is the fifth time that they are seeded 1-2, and first since 2010. Each of the other four times, one or the other collected the title: Nadal in 2008 and 2010, Federer in 2006 and 2007.“They won everything — both of them won everything, and not only once, but so many times,” said Robin Soderling, who lost to Federer in the 2009 French Open final (after upsetting Nadal along the way) and Nadal in the 2010 French Open final (after upsetting Federer along the way). “But they are still hungry.”They manage their schedules more carefully in their 30s: Federer skipped the clay-court circuit, while Nadal opted not to play any grass-court tuneups before arriving at the All England club.He’s a two-time champion and three-time runner-up at Wimbledon, but Nadal had some trouble at the place lately, failing to get past the fourth round in any of his past five appearances, with a quartet of losses to players ranked 100th or worse.“Wimbledon has always been difficult for us,” said Nadal’s uncle and former coach, Toni, “but I believe that he will have his chance if he is physically fit.”It’s good health that has stood in the way of Novak Djokovic (elbow), Andy Murray (hip) and Stan Wawrinka (knee), who all are in various stages of returning from operations.But here are Federer and Nadal, as good as ever.Maybe even better than ever?“I don’t know. It’s hard to tell. It doesn’t really matter to me. I would hope that I’m a better player today, just because of the virtue of time that’s gone by and I’ve had time to practice and train and all that stuff,” Federer said. “But it’s different times today than it was 10, 15 years ago.” LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew FILE – In this July 6, 2003, file photo, Switzerland’s Roger Federer holds the Men’s Singles trophy after defeating Australia’s Mark Philippoussis in the final of the All England Lawn Tennis Championships on the Centre Court at Wimbledon, in London. He was 21 and had never been past the quarterfinals at a Grand Slam tournament, let alone won one. When play begins at Wimbledon on Monday, July 2, 2018, Federer will have the honor of playing the first match at Centre Court as the defending champion, one of his eight trophies at the All England Club and 20 Slams overall. (AP Photo/Dave Caulkin, File)LONDON — Go back 15 years, to the start of Wimbledon in June 2003, and take a glimpse at where things stood for Roger Federer.He was 21. He had yet to reach No. 1 in the ATP rankings. Not only had the guy never won a Grand Slam tournament, he’d never even been past the quarterfinals at one. He was coming off a first-round loss at the French Open a month earlier, and another at the All England Club a year earlier.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95last_img read more

THINK Puts Smiles on Children’s Faces

first_imgAs school children return to their respective classrooms this week following seven months of Ebola-related school closure, Touching Humanity In Need of Kindness (THINK) and its partners, Global Fund for Children and the Cornerstone Community Church in USA, have provided over USD2,000 worth of school materials to assist them. The items included copybooks, crayons, sharpeners, erasers geometry sets and book-bags. Donating the items on behalf of her partners last Thursday, the executive director of THINK-Liberia, Mrs. Rosana Schaak, said the program started three years ago, when Global Fund for Children visited Liberia to see what THINK was involved in. According to her, while in Liberia they found out that many children were not in school and parents also complained about tuition fees. Based on this need, THINK and partners decided to help enable children of low income families to attend school. “Right now, we are paying tuition in private and government schools for 50 students and an additional 57 are on our scholarships,” she said. Ms. Schaak acknowledged donors that have come to the rescue of the Liberian children. Moreover, she said, in the near future THINK WILL also assist children that are affected by Ebola. The THINK executive director then urged the students to study hard and make good grades so that they would remain on the scholarship. “No going to video club, no walking about; you study hard so that when we receive your report cards and forward them to our partners they will be happy to continue supporting you,” she told them. Receiving the gesture, student Rachel Johnson extended gratitude to the organization and its partners for the gifts. THINK is a faith-based, Liberian non-governmental organization established in 2003. The organization focuses on the rights and well-being of women and children, notably ‘war wives’ of fighting forces, other victims of sexual violence and child mothers. Since 2003, Think-Liberia has provided the following services to Liberians: safe homes where victims of sexual violence are given psychological support; rehabilitation homes in Paynesville, Monrovia and Buchanan; a learning enrichment program where children are tutored and a participatory action research program focusing on the reintegration of girl mothers.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Smyth far ahead in funds in state race

first_imgBarrientos, an intergovernmental-affairs consultant from Granada Hills, has raised about $5,000 in campaign donations to Smyth’s $300,000. Smyth has snagged endorsements from state Sens. George Runner, R-Lancaster, and Tom McClintock, R-Thousand Oaks, and every Republican club in the district that confers endorsements. Barrientos, who was appointed to the Los Angeles Housing Authority Commission in the 1990s by former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan, said her quarter century working in the public and private sectors bodes well for her in Sacramento. She would tackle illegal immigration by pressing the Mexican government for internal economic reform, bridge the health-care divide by allowing small businesses to buy Medicaid coverage at a discount rate and remedy secondary education woes by crafting a new master plan to break up large school districts and offer small businesses tax credits for teaching middle school students a trade and life skills. “Public safety wins. They’re off the streets, and students will learn the spirit of the pioneer at no extra expense to the taxpayer,” she said. Smyth says the federal government should reimburse California for housing illegal immigrants in state prisons, and he plans to introduce a measure similar to Santa Clarita’s where employers must verify their workers are U.S. citizens. He does not support mandatory employer-paid health coverage, but does endorse breaking up the Los Angeles Unified School District and re-establishing industrial arts classes in high school. Bruce McFarland, president of the Democratic Alliance for Action in Santa Clarita, said his party has some capable challengers. Though the Democratic primary winner would need to overcome Smyth’s name recognition in Santa Clarita in November, Smyth would face the same problem elsewhere. “He is sort of tailoring his campaign now against whatever Democrat comes in, and Democrats are fighting against each other to see who can carry the district,” McFarland said. judy.orourke@dailynews.com (661) 257-5255160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – Edging into the final week before the June primary, youthful Santa Clarita City Councilman Cameron Smyth has landed endorsements from key politicians in his quest for a state Assembly seat – and raised 60 times more money than his sole Republican opponent. In his two terms on the council, he has voted against a lease extension for a homeless shelter, pushed for local enforcement of immigration laws and opposed benefits to the partners of gay City Hall employees. Smyth said he is prepared to be an assemblyman after working as a deputy chief of staff for the late state Sen. William J. “Pete” Knight, toiling in the private sector and serving on the council. “In the nonpartisan (council)office, I have had to garner support from Democrats, from Independents. I look to take that experience with me to Sacramento,” he said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2His lone Republican primary opponent, businesswoman Mary Barrientos, remains undeterred. “His endorsements are not my constituents. My endorsements are part of the culture and live in the community – stakeholders of public safety and small business,” she said. “That’s who I have to answer to at the end of the day.” The two Republicans, as well as four Democrats and a Libertarian, are pursuing the 38th District Assembly seat held by Keith Richman, R-Granada Hills. Richman, who has termed-out and is running for state treasurer, has endorsed Smyth. The district includes the Santa Clarita Valley except Castaic, most of Simi Valley and the north San Fernando Valley. Most analysts see the district as a Republican lock. Of those registered to vote, 44 percent are Republicans and 35 percent Democrats. While they do not endorse candidates in the primary, Larissa Nelson of the Ventura County Republican Party said Smyth “seems to be a great candidate,” and Gary Aminoff, president of the San Fernando Valley Republican Club, said “many of the members of the (group) individually support Cameron Smyth.” last_img read more


first_imgCAPTAINING your county team is always special but for Glenfin’s Katy Herron it will be extra special as she leads Donegal into action against Armagh at her home club on Sunday (throw-in 2pm).The 25-year-old school teacher will have friends and relations galore at her home ground for the first National League Division 2 game of the new season.And with a panel of players now drawn from the ranks of all clubs across the majority of parishes in the county by manager Davy McLaughlin, the game will draw a crowd from far and wide. Many will be driven by the recent successes of ladies football in Donegal, says Katy.“It is going to be that wee bit extra special leading my county out onto the pitch of my home club on Sunday,” she says.“There will be a good few relatives, club members and friends here so it is going to be special for me but the focus will remain the same. It’s about getting points on the board.”Donegal were relegated from the top division last year and lost out by six points in the Ulster Championship to Sunday’s visitors Armagh; but there was a resurrection in the championship – especially taking Kerry to extra-time in the All-Ireland series. “We knew in that game (Kerry) that we had the beating of them over the hour but we also knew we didn’t have the legs in extra time and fitness was an issue. We were mentally ok, but physically we weren’t,” says Katy.“But we have all put in a lot of work over the winter with Adam Speer and that has been hugely beneficial. We’re better prepared now than ever before both physically and mentally.“The Kerry match gave us a lift despite the loss and then our clubs went on to achieve so much in the autumn, especially with Termon lifting the All-Ireland club title which has lifted the game throughout the county and I think every player at every club got a boost from that.“We put in a lot of effort last year in the league and came so close on so many occasions but the fact is we didn’t cross the line when we needed to and we know where we need to go.“Division One is where we want to be so we want to get back up there,” says Katy who is currently teaching at Holy Cross in Strabane. SUPPORTThe county captain is hoping there will be a big turn-out in Glenfin on Sunday.“There is a good selection of players from around the county; we have a lot of new players coming through into the ranks from the junior clubs too and that is great to see.“I hope the supporters come out in big numbers. This is a big one for us and expectations are high so we need them behind us.” Termon captain Geraldine McLaughlin will be missing through injury.Manager Davy McLaughlin is expected to finalise his panel later today.He is also thinking about the future, with Donegal deciding to enter the U21 Championship between the league and provincial championships, giving starts for another generation of Donegal Ladies footballers.Throw-in is at 2pm.DONEGAL LADIES FOOTBALL: CAPTAIN KATY HOPING FOR ‘SPECIAL’ HOME WIN AGAINST ARMAGH was last modified: January 29th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:armaghDivision2donegalKaty HerronLGFANational Leaguelast_img read more

Mourinho promises he won’t go ‘crazy’ if Man United secure Stamford Bridge win

first_img revealed Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? 2 It’s not been the greatest of seasons for Man United The league trip to Chelsea last season also saw the hosts claim all three points, as Alvaro Morata’s fine header secured the win for Antonio Conte’s side.Mourinho has had no reason to celebrate at Stamford Bridge since his second spell as Chelsea manager came to an end, but he promises he will not go ‘crazy’ this weekend even if United end their six-year wait for a win at the west London club’s home.“For me it’s another game,” Mourinho said.“Would I celebrate like crazy my team’s goal at Stamford Bridge or my team’s victory? I don’t think so. Man United were thrashed 4-0 upon Mourinho’s first return to Stamford Bridge Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT latest gameday cracker Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion “I think I would try always to control myself and to respect the stadium and the supporters that were my supporters for many years.“It’s a match I want to do well for my players, for my team, for my supporters. I’m 100 per cent Manchester United tomorrow. No space for anything more than respect.” changes Most read in Premier League SORRY Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury predicted tense center_img The Red Devils have not won a match at Stamford Bridge in any competition since a 3-2 defeat of the Blues in October 2012 Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? Chelsea 5-4 Man United (League Cup) – October 31, 2012Chelsea 1-0 Man United (FA Cup) – April 1, 2013Chelsea 3-1 Man United (Premier League) – January 19, 2014Chelsea 1-0 Man United (Premier League) – April 18, 2015Chelsea 1-1 Man United (Premier League) – February 7, 2016Chelsea 4-0 Man United (Premier League) – October 23, 2016Chelsea 1-0 Man United (FA Cup) – March 13, 2017Chelsea 1-0 Man United (Premier League) – November 5, 2017 How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Getty Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho insists he will not ‘celebrate like crazy’ if his side beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon.The Red Devils travel to west London for the lunchtime kick-off knowing a fourth league defeat of the season will leave them 10 points off top spot. whoops TOP WORK The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Mourinho has a dreadful record when he’s returned to the home of his former club since the end of his second spell as Chelsea coach in December 2015.His first visit to the Bridge, in October 2016, ended in a stunning 4-0 defeat of Man United – with Chelsea taking the lead inside the opening 30 seconds – with the Blues also beating United 1-0 in the FA Cup later that season. huge blow 2 Man United’s dreadful record at Chelsea Mourinho will be in the dugout at Stamford Bridge having been granted an extension to respond to a Football Association charge of using abusive, insulting or improper language following the victory over Newcastle prior to the international break.The Portuguese was initially given until today, Friday, to respond, but the FA are now requiring Mourinho’s response on Wednesday. He is expected to be punished with either a fine or touchline ban.Ander Herrera is set to return after missing the last three matches while Diogo Dalot, Marouane Fellaini, Nemanja Matic, Scott McTominay and Luke Shaw all picked up minor injuries on international duty.Shaw will hope to be fit enough to continue his fine season, which saw him rewarded on Thursday with a new five-year deal.last_img read more


first_imgPresident Mary McAleese’s chauffeur-driven State Mercedes was sent on a 400 mile round trip so she could be driven just 150 yards to the door of Letterkenny Institute of Technology.The car was sent on the huge round-trip journey on Thursday last when the President helped celebrate the 40th anniversary of the college.The President, on her last official trip to Donegal, arrived by helicopter around 11am. However her car had to be driven via Sligo for the two minute journey form the college football pitch to the front door of the campus because Gardai cannot cross the border.The estimated cost of the journey including the President’s helicopter has been put at over €3,000.The President was flown on to Co Meath for a golf competition but her car had to be driven back to Dublin after its 300 yard official function.The Irish Mail on Sunday claimed a number of onlookers were shocked to see President McAleese being met by A Mercedes car for the short walk to the College entrance. “It surely wouldn’t have been too much just to walk,” said one eye-witness.A spokesman for President McAleese’s office said “Plans for the President’s travel arrangements are determined by security and programming considerations.”EndsCONTROVERSY AS PRESIDENT’S CAR DRIVEN 400 MILES FOR 150YD JOURNEY IN CO DONEGAL was last modified: September 25th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:LYITPRESIDENT MARY MCALEESElast_img read more


first_imgTaoiseach Enda Kenny has pre-announced this week’s budgets with a series of stiff measures, telling the country about a series of cuts during a TV address tonight.Mr Kenny said the country is spending €16 billion a year more than it is taking in.Public spending must be cut by €2.2 billion with 23,000 civil servants being axed over the next three years. Income tax will stay the same – but indirect extra taxes will raise €1.6 billion. VAT will jump to 23% and motor tax will be upped.Mr Kenny said Budget 2012 “will be tough”, and that “it has to be”.The Taoiseach also said 50 quangos will be abolished or merged with other organisations – and he will go ahead with a referendum to abolish the Seanad next year.The mistakes which brought the country to this point “must never be allowed to happen again” he said. Former Taoisigh Bertie Ahern and Brian Cowen will lose perks like mobile phones and staff, he said.Meanwhile Transport and Tourism Minister Leo Varadkar, asked for a response to revelations in the Mail on Sunday that Mr Kenny had sanctioned a €35,000 increase for one of his special advisors, he said: “What the government has done….is to reduce pay for ministers and to reduce pay for advisors and a lot of money has been saved for the taxpayer by introducing those measures.”“In a few cases, increases have been given where somebody has come from the private sector, or from outside the political system or the civil service system, and is effectively taking a pay cut in order to take up their new job.”© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law. Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comTAOISEACH ADDRESSES THE NATION: €2.2B CUTS, €1.6B TAXES, 23,000 JOBS AXED, 50 QUANGOS CUT, was last modified: December 4th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:000 JOBS AXED2350 QUANGOS CUTaddress to the nationEnda KennyTAOISEACH ADDRESSES THE NATION: €2.2B CUTS€1.6B TAXESlast_img read more


first_imgDUNKINEELY poker player Dermot Blain has picked up a Player of the Year award – but was took busy winning more cash to pick it up.Full Tilt Poker Ambassador Dermot beat Belarus player Uladzimir Zakharau heads-up to take down the €1k PLO Turbo last night for €20,200.Blain was unable to attend the lavish awards ceremony because he was too busy being a boss and winning the €1,100 Pot Limit Omaha 8-Handed event for €20,200 instead. Having scored a victory during the first month of 2014 makes Blain a favourite to scoop what would be his third POY award, although there is a long way to go before that happens.Said Dermot: “It’s a great start to 2014; picking up my second Irish player of the year award and €20k!”There were 75 runners generating a €73,500 prize pool with 11 places paid.1, Dermot Blain, Ireland, € 20,200 2, Uladzimir Zakharau, Belarus, € 14,3703, Steve O’Dwyer, Ireland, € 9,4104, Gordon Huntly, United Kingdom, € 7,2405, Tobias Peters, Netherlands, € 5,7306, Niclas Fjellstrom, Sweden, € 4,490 7, Eric Sfez, France, € 3,5308, Mikko Turtiainen, Finland, € 2,7509, Konstantin Puchkov, Russia, € 2,10010, Roger Hairabedian, France, € 1,840 11, Pierre Morin, France, € 1,840DONEGAL POKER PLAYER DERMOT POCKETS €20,000 WIN was last modified: January 31st, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Dermot BlainKillybegspoker playerlast_img read more

Game 1 takeaways: Couture-Nyquist-Meier line shines, and an early Conn Smythe favorite emerges

first_imgSAN JOSE — The Sharks have been in this position before. Twice, actually.Coming off impressive Game 1 wins against both the Vegas Golden Knights and Colorado Avalanche in the first and second rounds, respectively, the Sharks’ overall play slipped a little bit for the ensuing game. They lost both Game 2s and home ice advantage and eventually, had to go seven games to advance each time.Given how they played Saturday in a 6-3 win over the St. Louis Blues, the Sharks feel they’re perfectly …last_img

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — April 19, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest 180419_RyanMartinMoisture holds on over Ohio through midday today. Clouds will yield scattered light showers, drizzle and even some snowflakes today. The best chance of snow comes in NE Ohio, where we see the coldest temps this morning and we also have some lake interaction. However, temps quickly move to a level to support all drizzle for most of the morning. By early to mid-afternoon everything should be well to our east, and clouds should start to break up We feel that most of the state will see pretty good sunshine potential before sunset. Temperatures are chilly today, but not as cold as earlier in the week. And, we should see some slight improvement from here.We expect dry weather for all of tomorrow, the weekend, Monday and Tuesday of next week. Models threw a new wrinkle in late yesterday, bringing a stronger system out of the northern plains, across the upper Midwest and into the eastern Corn Belt next Wednesday afternoon. Here, we see that wave merging with the small chances of moisture we had kept in over the state coming up from the southwest. The two entities combined now look to give us some decent moisture at midweek. We generally do not like to change our forecasts based on one model’s look at things and after just a model run here or there. But, we are seeing some confirmation this morning from other models, and our analysis of the set up falls in line with the consensus too. We are going to have to insert some bigger action potential for next Wednesday afternoon, Wednesday night and even Thursday. Rains will likely be from .25”-1.1” over 90% of the state, and action will not be done until closer to sunset Thursday evening. This moisture will come at a time sure to disrupt thoughts of field work after the previous 5 day dry stretch. The map below shows a storm total for this event as of late Thursday afternoon.We go back to drier weather for Friday. A minor batch of clouds move over the state overnight Friday night into Saturday, and that could trigger a shower or two, but precipitation will be limited to 25% coverage and totals of a tenth or less…so not a big deal. Better rain potential develops later Saturday afternoon, the 28th into the 29th, where we can see up to .25”-.66” over about 80% of the state. Like the system before it, this system looks to focus a little more on Ohio, honestly, than it did earlier in the week.A strong front sets up over the Corn Belt in the May 2nd to May 4th time period. This front does not have a lot of movement with it, and may stall over the region until a stronger low is able to move up it. That will allow for scattered showers through the period. Right now, the best rains stay west of us, but this is a highly unsettled pattern, so we could end up having to raise rain totals here. Suffice to say, the start of May has the potential to be wet, and it would not surprise us to see moisture hold into the 5th.Temperatures are still chilly today, but moderate some over the weekend. We should see temps getting closer to normal, but they will not exceed normal. We still have a bias of at least 5-7 degrees below normal on average now through the end of the month, which is better than we had been…we feel our worst cold is behind us.last_img read more